Archive for May, 2014

Interview with Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil, Editors/Curators of Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose

We are very proud to present to you an interview with Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil, conducted by our marvelous Poety Editor, Katie Perttunen. Gillian McCain put in many years on The Poetry Project, one of the country’s leading institutions in encouraging the art of poetry. Legs McNeil was one of the founders of the seminal Punk Magazine and is the very person that […]

Letter 13 from the Editor Editor-in-Chief, Mike Joyce

Dear Orphans & Orphanettes, I believe in moments. Moments so electric that they transform the lives of those who experience them. I believe in staking your faith.  In a world of pinballs ricocheting off iPhone springs and anorexic magazines, those brave enough to take a bite on State St. and show their teeth to the world mean everything. I believe […]

Motherhood Uncaged by Katie Perttunen

“Is a mother a mother always, or only in the act of mothering?” I posed this question years ago, when I separated from my husband on purpose and my children unwillingly. As an adult female with children, much of my identity has been wrapped tightly around the two of my daughters since the day slightly […]

Warts and All
by Jessica Groenendijk

I am passionate about cats. I love their fluid grace and their shape pleases me. The silken fur at the base of my Smoky’s ears is soothing. Not for me the slavish neediness of dogs, I prefer the take-me-as-I-am independence of a cat. And in my eyes the leopard, queen of cats, is the pinnacle […]